Symptoms of Sleep DeAs daylight savings time approaches, we are facing shorter periods of darkness. Our clocks will “spring forward” one hour on March 8, causing us to lose an hour of sleep. During National Sleep Awareness Month, we want to remind individuals of the importance of adequate sleep and how the lack of it can cause health problems.

At least 40 million Americans suffer from chronic, long-term sleep disorders each year, and an additional 20 million experience occasional sleeping problems.[i] Untreated, these sleep disorders have been linked to hypertension, heart disease, stroke and other chronic diseases.[ii]

Insomnia can be classified as either acute or chronic (three nights per week for three months or longer) and can be triggered by any of the following factors:[iii]

  • Sleep Apnea or other disorder
  • Eating/drinking habits
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Depression
  • Shift working
  • Frequent flyers
  • Medical illness causing pain

While some of these triggers can’t be controlled on your own or without medication, others can be. It’s important to know which of these you can manage yourself to help improve your sleep.

Creating More Effective Sleep Habits:

For those who may struggle with sleep on a regular basis, there are a number of ways one can improve their sleep.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, the following habits can be followed to ensure a good night’s sleep:

  1. Set a schedule: Try to stick to the same bedtime and wake up time – yes, even on the weekends
  2. Practice a relaxing bedtime ritual
  3. Avoid naps – especially in the afternoon
  4. Exercise daily
  5. Create an ideal sleep environment
  6. Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillow
  7. Use bright light to help manage your circadian rhythms
  8. Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, and heavy meals in the evening
  9. Wind down
  10. If you aren’t tired when you head to bed, try to do something relaxing until you feel tired

In our next blog article we will discuss how our innovative service, Risk IQ, can help rank an applicant based on their medical conditions and identify hidden health concerns that are not always apparent. We will also explore options for getting a better night’s sleep and reducing the health impacts of sleep deprivation.

 

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[i] As reported by the National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

[ii] MayoClinic.org

[iii] Sleepfoundation.org

 

 

 

 

 

Have Your Applicants Insured Their Loved Ones?

by ExamOne on February 16, 2015

Did you know that February is “Insure Your Love” month; a campaign started by LIFE Happens? Similar to Life Insurance Awareness Month, this month is dedicated to creating awareness about the importance of life insurance.

Graphic_Inspiration_love_puppiesAs a leader in the risk assessment industry, we are committed to this awareness campaign as well – not only in February and September, but 365 days a year. Recently, we invited a Life Lessons speaker to our national meeting to share her story about how life insurance could have helped ease hardships her family experienced after her mother’s death. It could have covered funeral expenses and college tuition, as well as day-to-day living costs her family incurred. Her story is just one of many that we have heard over the years and unfortunately is not the last we will hear.

The reality is we are human and we are not invincible. While we cannot predict the unforeseen, we can prevent the hardships families would experience should an unexpected death occur. By purchasing life insurance, an individual is making a responsible financial decision to protect their family and their loved ones. Join us and LIFE Happens on this all important campaign – Insure Your Love today!

ExamOne Receives Empowering Better Health Award from Quest Diagnostics

February 10, 2015 Carriers

February 10, 2015 – Today ExamOne received one of Quest’s most prestigious annual awards – the Empowering Better Health Award – in recognition of its innovative consumer health tool, Inside Look® Online. Members of the product, marketing and information technology teams accepted the award on behalf of ExamOne at a special ceremony during the 2015 National […]

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In 2015, I Commit To: Spreading The Word

January 19, 2015 Carriers

As ExamOne’s Marketing Manager, I’m committed to helping our clients spread the word on the importance of life insurance in 2015. I believe in the power of life insurance and I want every family in America covered. According to LIMRA, there are 95 million Americans without life insurance. By committing to spread the word, we can […]

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In 2015, I Commit To: Helping the Industry Better Assess Mortality Risk for Applicants

January 12, 2015 Carriers

Dr. Jim Palmier, M.D., leads our Analytics and Medical Affairs for ExamOne. As our Medical Director, Dr. Palmier oversees laboratory testing, research and development, and paramedical services. His focus on data-driven insights help the company continue to create innovative solutions that solve real-world problems. In 2015, Dr. Palmier and his team have committed themselves to: […]

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In 2015, I Commit To: Laboratory Education

January 5, 2015 Carriers

Betsy Sears, Executive Vice President, Laboratory Strategy and Sales dedicates herself to educating the insurance industry on laboratory, medical and risk assessment topics. If you know Betsy or have heard one of her presentations, you already know she has a strong commitment to our industry. So what has she committed to in 2015? As the […]

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Laboratory 101: Impacts on Laboratory Testing

December 5, 2014 Carriers

Please join us for a live, one-hour webcast as Betsy Sears discusses the impacts of various “habits” and how they can affect an applicant’s laboratory test. She will answer some of the industry’s most burning questions when it comes to laboratory testing: Will e-cigarettes produce a positive cotinine result? How is the legalization of marijuana […]

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ExamOne Acquires Assets from OptumInsight

October 27, 2014 Carriers

October 27, 2014 LENEXA, KS, October 27, 2014 / – ExamOne, a Quest Diagnostics company and leader in helping insurers meet their underwriting needs, is pleased to announce the acquisition of certain proprietary assets from OptumInsight that support the ability to provide rapid responses to data inquiries for use in life and health risk assessments. The acquired assets […]

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Life Insurance – A Key Part of a Sound Financial Plan

September 3, 2014 Carriers

ExamOne Supports Life Insurance Awareness Month in September ExamOne, a leader of laboratory testing, underwriting and paramedical services to the life insurance industry, is supporting Life Insurance Awareness Month, organized by the Life and Health Insurance Foundation for Education (LIFE). During the month of September, the LIFE Foundation is highlighting the need for financial security […]

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Improving the Insurance Buying Process: A Simplified Telephone Interview

July 30, 2014 Carriers

The ExamOne integrated supply chain is a single-source requirement acquisition solution for managing all underwriting requirements. It is the foundation of our straight-through process. Agents electronically collect the amount of information desired using a short ticket of full Part I e-application. ExamOne electronically collects Part II information and any remaining Part I information, producing an […]

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